It was not the day many individuals anticipated. The Broncos, the Falcons and the Bears all pulled off upsets on the highway. The Buccaneers made simple work of the Packers, the Eagles gave the Ravens a scare, and the Browns went from wanting like an offensive juggernaut in Weeks 2 by means of 5 to being completely humiliated by the Steelers.
But when you think about that a number of N.F.L. groups handled closed follow services this week due to optimistic coronavirus assessments, the truth that the video games have been even performed was almost as shocking because the outcomes on the sector.
Here’s what we discovered:
One* Sentence About Sunday’s Games
*Except when it takes extra.
Buccaneers 38, Packers 10 Just about every thing went Tampa Bay’s means, however essentially the most stark factor about this recreation was probably the cross safety, as Aaron Rodgers, who had been sacked simply thrice over his workforce’s first 4 video games, was put down 4 instances by the Buccaneers’ fearsome cross rush. Rodgers completed the day with a passer score of 35.four, the third-worst mark of his profession.
Titans 42, Texans 36 (additional time) It’s arduous to quibble with a recreation wherein a workforce’s offense managed 601 whole yards, however Tennessee actually ought to be involved about its protection, which allowed 412 yards and 36 factors to a workforce that fired its head coach and normal supervisor two weeks in the past.
Steelers 38, Browns 7 Cleveland averaged 37.5 factors over its earlier 4 video games however may do completely nothing in opposition to Pittsburgh, with quarterback Baker Mayfield wanting beat up and ineffective whereas throwing for 119 yards, one landing and two interceptions. The Browns have topped 30 factors 4 instances and been held to lower than 10 twice.
Colts 31, Bengals 27 It was an emotional week for Indianapolis, because the workforce needed to briefly shut its facility due to a couple of false optimistic assessments for the coronavirus, fell behind by 21-Zero to Cincinnati and then raced again to win, tying the franchise’s file for largest comeback in a daily season recreation.
Ravens 30, Eagles 28 Baltimore was overwhelming Philadelphia with its working recreation throughout its 17-Zero begin, however in a uncommon occasion of the Ravens taking their collective foot off the fuel, they very almost let the Eagles pull off an upset and have been bailed out when Carson Wentz couldn’t run the ball in for a 2-point conversion with slightly below two minutes remaining.
Bears 23, Panthers 16 It is tough to get enthusiastic about Chicago’s offense, whatever the workforce’s file, however the Bears’ protection had a throwback day, forcing three turnovers together with a game-saving interception within the remaining two minutes.
Falcons 40, Vikings 23 The firing of Coach Dan Quinn and the return of Julio Jones have been definitely components in Atlanta’s first win of the season, however having Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins soften all the way down to the tune of three interceptions within the first half helped stake Atlanta to such a large lead that the workforce was in cruise management for many of the day.
Broncos 18, Patriots 12 It appeared like New England would have a straightforward win at house as soon as it was introduced that Cam Newton was lively, however Denver got six field goals from Brandon McManus and just barely held off a comeback. Newton took his team to Denver’s 24-yard line in the final minute of the game, down by just six points, but the Patriots turned the ball over on downs when Newton’s pass to N’Keal Harry fell incomplete.
Dolphins 24, Jets 0 It was the full Ryan Fitzpatrick experience, as the veteran quarterback threw for three touchdowns, was intercepted twice, and did a Patrick Mahomes impersonation by completing a short left-handed pass in the easy victory. Tua Tagovailoa made his N.F.L. debut, but it was to mop up a laugher rather than to replace his team’s volatile starter — and Fitzpatrick was leading the cheers for the rookie who will eventually replace him.
Lions 34, Jaguars 16 Matthew Stafford threw a touchdown pass — he now has one against all 31 teams besides Detroit — D’Andre Swift ran for 116 yards and the Lions won so convincingly that Jacksonville Coach Doug Marrone acknowledged after the game that his job may be in jeopardy.
Giants 20, Footballers 19 Tae Crowder’s fumble recovery for a touchdown put Big Blue up by seven with less than four minutes to play, but this game between also-rans was decided when Coach Ron Rivera, desperate to stay in the N.F.C. East playoff race, had his Footballers gamble with a 2-point conversion attempt in the game’s final minute, only to have Kyle Allen throw an incomplete pass under pressure. Rivera wanted a clean win rather than to chance it in overtime, but he had to settle for a loss.